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1:55 PM ET, February 24, 2008

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Howard Rheingold / Smart Mobs:
Why I'm hooked on Twitter  — 21st Century Literacies - Technologies of Cooperation … On a message board, a student asked me why I said I was hooked on Twitter.  I replied off the top of my head.  Sometimes, that's better than taking longer to compose something more elaborately thought out.
John Quigley / ActiveWin.com:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1  —  Greetings from the Internet Explorer Team!  We are nearing the launch of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 and we will be making it available for the general public to download and test.  IE8 Beta 1 is focused on the developer community …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches private beta of Internet Explorer 8  —  Microsoft has sent out a letter to a select group of beta testers offering a chance to participate in a technical preview of Internet Explorer 8 beta 1.  —  There's not a whole heck of a lot of information about what IE8 will look like, what features it has, or anything else.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
After HD DVD Drop, Toshiba Spends $835M to Back PS3  —  Sony gives Toshiba something in return for its troubles — Japanese Cell chip plants for $835M  —  A new twist has emerged with the death of HD DVD.  After Warner, Best Buy, Walmart and Netflix jumped on the Blu bandwagon, the fate of HD DVD was already sealed.
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Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Support Statement Updated  —  We just issued an updated statement regarding HD DVD support for Xbox 360.  —  As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD.  Xbox will no longer manufacture …
Gamerscore Blog:
HD DVD Statement Issued  —  As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD.  Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Insanely Great: Japanese Electronic Store Letting Customers Trade …
Discussion: Electronista, TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Maybe Microsoft Should Stalk Different Prey  —  OVER the years, Microsoft has pummeled countless rivals, including the superheavyweight I.B.M. But it has never faced a smaller foe as formidable as Google.  The tale of the tape gives Microsoft a $100 billion advantage in market capitalization …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will There Be A (Successful) iPhone-Only Social Network?  —  iPhone owners, like users of most Apple products, are a fairly passionate, elitist group of people.  —  I think an iPhone-only social network, if it had the right features, would be a huge hit with these users.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: “Google Docs is Chock Full of Fail”  —  In his post Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office, Bernard Lunn argued that the collaboration features in Google Apps are good enough to take on Microsoft.  Commenter Karim took him on, with a well-written defense of MS Office.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Palm Emulator for iPhone and Touch Looks Good, Bad  —  StyleTap's proof-of-concept Palm OS emulator for iPhone and iPod touch makes us scratch our heads asking ourselves “why?”, but we are sure it would make all Palm users very happy.  All the five of them, including Rob from accounts.
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Computer Programmer's Attorneys Use ‘Geek Defense’  —  On Trial for Murder, Man Being Portrayed As Eccentric, Difficult  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — When Nina Reiser disappeared in September 2006, investigators suspecting foul play looked long and hard at her estranged husband, the computer genius Hans.
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Microsoft email prepares workers for Yahoo takeover  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A Microsoft executive on Friday sent workers an upbeat email outlining a vision of how the software giant expects to take over Yahoo and merge the companies' cultures and resources.
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
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Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
FriendFeed and the Facebook News Feed …
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CNN:
Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan